Barbara Weir - Grass Seed Dreaming

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Grass Seed Dreaming
Dimensions: 150 x 90cm (Stretched)
Material: Acrylic on Linen
Artist: Barbara Weir
Area: Utopia Region, NT
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Language: Anmatyerre/Alyawarre
Made In: Australia

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Barbara frequently paints Grass Seed Dreaming which is very important to Barbara as it was passed down to her by her ancestors. In the Utopia region there are many types of grasses that produce seeds. The seeds were traditionally ground into a powder, water was added and a rudimentary bread was then baked in the ash and coals of a fire. This method is very time consuming and is rarely practiced now that the flour and bread are available. The traditions are still respected and passed on so as not to forget it.